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January 10th, 2013


January 10, 2013

NORTH TROY – Voters went to the polls for a third time to vote on a $1.07 million bond to make renovations to the school, and rejected it by a vote of 92-84. For over a year, school officials and board members have maintained the argument that renovations are necessary. However, voters didn’t buy it and rejected the bond, sending board members back to the drawing board.
The actual construction now is about $890,000. The school board added $182,000 for contingency costs. However, board members hoped they wouldn’t need the extra money.


January 10, 2013

DERBY – Derby Select Board member Karen Jenne has taken out petitions for Derby  Clerk, town treasurer, and school treasurer. She has also taken petitions out for the Derby select board for both two- and three-year terms. Jenne’s seat on the board is up for grabs at Town Meeting in March.
However Jenne is keeping a tight lid on which petition she is circulating for signatures. She says she will make a public announcement soon. The deadline for filing is January 28 and 30 signatures from registered voters are required.

Black River Design Highlights NCUHS Facility Needs

January 10, 2013

NEWPORT – Rick Burroughs and Heidi Davis of Black River Designs (BRD) gave an overview Wednesday evening of the facility needs for North Country Union High School's A and B wings to an advisory committee composed of school administrators, school board members, and members of the community. BRD worked with the high school board for the North Country Career Center renovation known as C Wing.
The overview is based on a master planning effort by BRD, which focused on facility needs, code compliance, and educational issues.

January 8th


January 8, 2013

NEWPORT CITY – Mark Shaw Jr., the man known on the Howard Stern Show as Bigfoot, appeared in Orleans County District Tuesday for a competency hearing.
Shaw recently underwent an inpatient psychiatric examination that found him incompetent. He is being held at the Fletcher Allen Healthcare Center on $50,000 bail. Shaw faces charges of attempted first degree arson, aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer, disorderly conduct and resisting arrest.


January 8, 2013

NEWPORT CITY – Based on medical records and a stipulation by State's Attorney Alan Franklin, Judge Howard VanBenthuysen said Tuesday that Roger Pion is currently incompetent to stand trial.
Pion, 34, is accused of demolishing seven vehicles parked behind the Orleans County Sheriff’s Department. He appeared in Orleans County District Court Tuesday for a competency hearing. He is currently in the custody of the Commissioner of Mental Health and is being held at Fletcher Allen Healthcare Center in Burlington.


January 8, 2013

NEWPORT CITY – Two city landlords showered the city council Monday evening with complaints that owners of apartment buildings are not charged the same for water and sewer use as owners of single family homes.
Owners of single family homes pay a fixed cost while many owners of apartment buildings pay their water bills according to their water meters plus a per-living unit fee. Typically, each living unit has its own meter.


January 8, 2013

DERBY – An upscale inn proposed for the Village of Derby Line is getting wide-spread support, although there are some concerns due to its location.
At a Derby Zoning Board of Adjustment hearing Monday, about 20 people turned out to voice their thoughts on the proposal by Paula Fiorenza and Fritz Halbedl, who own the historic mansion located on Main Street.
During the meeting, a couple of individuals who live next to the home said they did not want a restaurant in a residential area and they were concerned about the potential for additional noise and headlights in their homes at night.

January 7th

At the Speed of Light

January 7, 2013

NEWPORT – Work on installing a new cable for improvements in telecommunications is currently underway in Newport. The fiber optic cable is capable of rapidly increasing speed and access to the Internet.
"It is critical for Vermont's telecommunication system,” said Caro Thompson with the Vermont Telecommunications Authority (VTA).
This upgrade will help with the major expansion coming into the area and serve the Newport Airport.


January 7, 2013

DERBY – Gov. Peter Shumlin will make an announcement regarding area development Tuesday, Jan. 15, and speculation is running rampant that the subject will be Walmart. Shumlin will be in town next week and will speak at The Tavern on US 5 in Derby, across the road from the entrance to a proposed Walmart Super Center. The governor's office is being evasive as to the content of the announcement.
“There is no question’s it’s Walmart,” said out-going Sen. Vince Illuzzi of Derby. 


January 7, 2013

NEWPORT CITY – A Newport City man who burglarized a downtown business will serve two concurrent 98-days to six year sentences for his crime, concurrent with an existing sentence. Christopher Roupe, 24, also agreed to pay restitution to the tune of $1,000 but does not currently have the money.
Last Wednesday, Roupe entered a plea of guilty to two charges of burglary.
Dec. 18, 2011, Frank Richardi, owner the Lago Tratoria Restaurant, reported a theft from his business on Main Street in Newport City.


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